Category Archives: Awards, Contests, and Programs

Tufts Dental Alumni Award Recipients!

A huge congratulations to two of our very own TUSDM students for accepting Tufts Dental Alumni Awards!

Congratulations to Richard Y Hong, D20 on receiving the Tufts University Dental Alumni Association Award given to the second year student with the highest scholastic achievement in the Basic Sciences.

Congratulations to Kelly A. Barbera, D18 on receiving the Tufts University Dental Alumni Association Academic Excellence Award given to the fourth year student who achieves the highest academic average for the 2017-2018 school year.

AADMD receives the Tarrson Award!

The American Dental Association (ADA) has awarded the Tarrson award to Tuft’s student chapter of the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (AADMD)!

The ADA Foundation’s, E. “Bud” Tarrson Dental School Student Community Leadership Award, is given annually to highlight significant dental student outreach to vulnerable communities within the U.S. This honor comes with a monetary award of $5400.  The AADMD club was started by Holly Fadie (D18) and staffs a clinic at the Lee School in Dorchester for children living with special needs. Congrats AADMD!

Congratulations to Agatha Kao D18–Named ASDA National Delegate of the Year!

We are so proud of our very own Agatha Kao (D18), who has won the National Delegate of the Year at the most recent ASDA Annual Session in Anaheim, California. Agatha has done so much for Tufts ASDA and she is such an inspiration to so many of us. She has served as her ASDA Class Representative for all of her four years here and has served as the ASDA District One Councilor as well as the first delegate of our chapter this past year. Thank you for everything you have done for us and the future of our profession. Congratulations Agatha!

Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Boston

 The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Boston is a one-year interdisciplinary, mentored fellowship program focused on health-related community service and leadership development. Founded in 1992, the Boston Chapter is the oldest of the Schweitzer program sites located across the U.S. dedicated to developing a pipeline of emerging professionals who enter the workforce with the skills and commitment necessary to address unmet health needs. Since the program’s inception, Schweitzer Fellows in Boston—competitively chosen from health-focused graduate student applicants in a variety of fields—have worked tirelessly to address health disparities and the social determinants of health throughout the greater Boston and Worcester areas.  Upon successful completion of the initial Fellowship year, Fellows have the opportunity to participate in an alumni network of Fellows for Life– an interdisciplinary pipeline of emerging professionals who are dedicated and skilled in meeting the health needs of underserved communities.

The application period for the 2018-2019 cohort will open on November 14, and applications are due February 12, 2018 at 5:00 PM.  Continue reading Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Boston

Health Literacy Month Weekly Contest

Want a chance to win a $15 Amazon gift card? Enter the Health Literacy Month Weekly Contest on the bulletin board outside the 7th floor student lounge. Each week, we will post a word or phrase that is used in the practice of dentistry. Your challenge is to rewrite the phrase in plain language so that it is easy for a patient or non-dentist to understand. Write your answers on the front of an index card, put your name and email on the back, and then tack it to the bulletin board. One winner will be chosen by the Health Literacy Intensive at random every week in October!

New England Rural Health Conference

Call for Poster Proposals!

We are pleased to announce a call for proposals for our conference poster session.  Are you connected to a program or research project related to our conference theme, tracks or areas of focus that you would like to share with conference attendees?  We are looking for posters related to our specialized tracks including: Oral Health, Public Health, Hospitals and Health Systems, Workforce Development and Behavioral Health as well as our areas of focus including forming community partnerships, leveraging funds, recruitment and retention strategies, primary care collaborations with integrated delivery systems, hospital and clinic management, population health, and utilizing telehealth technologies. We encourage academic posters about original research and also welcome less formal posters about special programs or projects. The poster exhibits are best described as a show and tell opportunity versus a formal poster presentation session.  All posters will be displayed in public areas of the conference facility – there will time during breaks for attendees to view the posters.

The deadline for submissions is October 1st.  All poster proposals will be reviewed by October 9th. Click HERE to register.

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Tisch Fund for Civic Engagement – Application For Funding now open!

Tisch Fund grad prof early deadline flyer


Have an idea for a project, program, or event connected to an important community problem or social issue?

The Tisch Fund for Civic Engagement supports individual students, groups of students, or student organizations who seek to engage members of the Tufts community through a project or event that addresses community issues and strengthens civic life. Up to $1000  per student group or $500 per individual.

Visit for more information and application details.

Deadlines in October and November.

Questions? Contact Nancy Marks 

Dental Central D21 Trivia – Thank You D21s!

D20s, thank you for participating in Dental Central Trivia! We hope you had fun and learned a lot about TUSDM and Dental Central in the process.

Our final winner for the final week of D21 Trivia is… *drumroll, please*… Ambika Kumaran!

D21 Trivia may have come to an end, but don’t stop exploring and utilizing Dental Central! As you become involved in student organizations, encourage your group to post events and reflections to Dental Central and to share pictures to the Social Wall using #tusdm and #dentalcentral.

NIH Medical Research Scholars Program Class with Jason Berglund and Andrew Lum

Left: Jason Berglund, second from left
Right: Andrew Lum

Congratulations to Andrew Lum, one of two dental students in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) 2017-2018 Medical Research Scholars Program Class (MSRP)! Andrew has taken a year off to dedicate his time to his research interests and will return next year to resume his fourth year as a member of the Class of 2019. He will be back in November to share more about what he is studying, but, in the meantime, he has given us a sneak peek into his experience:

“In just a few short weeks, MRSP has proven to be an incredible opportunity working with and learning from the brightest, most passionate researchers in biomedical science. Following in the footsteps of numerous TUSDM fellows such Jason, who have had tremendous success in the program is quite an honor.” –Andrew Lum

Jason Berglund, who has returned to complete his fourth year this fall, spent his time at MRSP studying the origin of tumor-induced osteomalacia, a rare disease characterized by benign tumors that overproduce a hormone called fibroblast growth factor 23 and, ultimately, leads to bone pain, fractures, and muscle weakness. Read more about his experience HERE and be sure to give him a warm welcome back when you see him in the halls!